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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.  

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders from across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Down is one of the best performing materials for use in apparelH&M and The North Face commit to responsible down 21 October 2014

Leading international brands including H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face and Marmot have committed to using responsibly sourced and traceable down in their products.

Gerber adds to team with Software Solutions head 21 October 2014

Gerber Technology has named Karsten Newbury as vice president and general manager of its Software Solutions, in a move the company says strengthens its focus on providing integrated tools for the fashion industry.

Coats is planning a new facility in Bangladesh to make its full range of zipsCoats to open new zip factory in Bangladesh 20 October 2014

Industrial thread major Coats Plc is planning to open a new state-of-the-art zips factory in Bangladesh to meet growing demand from global brands and retailers sourcing apparel and footwear in the country.

Good World Solutions estimates there are 6.8bn mobile subscriptions globallyMarks & Spencer to extend mobile phone monitoring 17 October 2014

Retailer Marks & Spencer is planning to extend a programme that allows it to survey workers in its clothing supplier factories on their mobile phones, following the success of a one-year trial of the scheme.

Kering to source crocodile skins from Madagascar 17 October 2014

Luxury goods group Kering, owner of the Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent brands, is backing a project to support the sustainable supply of crocodile skins in Madagascar.

Fire and safety events to converge on Bangladesh 17 October 2014

Several events are set to converge on the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in December, including the Second International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety.

Rise in Bangladesh unions leads to calls for cooperation 17 October 2014

The "dramatic" increase in the number of new trade unions in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry over the last 18 months has also led to calls for greater trust between workers and employers.

Costco makes China debut through deal with Alibaba 16 October 2014

US warehouse retailer Costco is making its first move into China by opening an online store on Alibaba Group's Tmall global website.

US textile innovation hub could "expand re-shoring" 16 October 2014

The creation of a new Fiber & Textile Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) would be an "opportunity to expand current work on near-shoring and re-shoring" a US industry group says in outlining its support of the plans.

EU sets out negotiating stance for TTIP agreement 16 October 2014

Groups representing apparel brands and retailers in both the US and EU have already set out what they see as the key priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - and now the European Union has revealed its negotiating stance too.

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